Thursday, September 30, 2010

Tom Topolski

Thomas W. Topolski, 73, passed away peacefully in his home, surrounded by his loving family, on Monday, September 27, 2010. He fought bravely for over a year, but finally lost his battle with cancer while under the care of Hospice of Lenawee. He was the youngest child of Maryanna and Frank Topolski of Toledo, OH. He was a graduate of St. Teresa Grade School in 1951 and Macomber High School in 1955. He received a Bachelor of Education Degree in 1960, a Master of Education in 1970, and an Educational Specialist Degree in 1976 - all from the University of Toledo. Tom met his wife, Carol, while both were music majors attending the University of Toledo. They recently celebrated 49 years of marriage. Together they raised four wonderful children and a granddaughter. Tom taught for 30 years in public schools - 17 years in music education and 16 years in elementary education. After he retired from public schools for 7 years, taught private music lessons, and was a substitute teacher for several years. Tom also served as a gallery guard at the Toledo Museum of Art. He played sax, clarinet and flute in an instrumental trio for 35 years. He was a member of the Polish American Concert Band and past Band Master for the Zenobia Shrine Band. Tom was also a former member of the Blissfield Lion's Club and served as vice-president and president. He was a very devoted and loving husband, father and grandfather. In addition to his love of music, Tom enjoyed reading, writing poetry, attending baseball and football games, and collecting jazz music albums. Tom is survived by his loving wife, Carol; children, Richard (Jamie), Amy (Tad) Peterson, MaryBeth, Alan (Mandy); sister, Mary Francis Kozlowski and grandchildren, Matthew, Amanda, Marnie, Thomas, Darbi, Hadlee, Angela, Erica and Jacqui. He will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved him. Preceding him in death are his parents and three brothers, Frank Jr., Martin and Richard. Friends are invited to visit from 2:00pm until 8:00pm at the Reeb Funeral Home, 5712 N. Main St., Sylvania, OH, Thursday, September 30, 2010, where the Barton Smith Masonic Lodge F & AM will conduct a service at 7 p.m. The funeral service will be conducted at the Memorial Lutheran Church, Toledo at 11:00 am, Friday, October 1st where Tom's body will lie in state one-hour prior. In lieu of flowers, those wishing to make memorial contributions are asked to consider the Hospice of Lenawee or the Memorial Lutheran Church.

 

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